(The New American) Joe Stalin blamed small-businessman farmers, the kulaks, for the Soviet Union’s 1920s food shortages. Now another Joe, he of Biden fame, has his own scapegoats — for the rising prices his policies have wrought. And the latest targets are gas station owners.
The kicker: These businessmen earn very little selling fuel.
No matter, though, Biden’s scapegoating drew praise — from the
communist fascist Chinese government.
The message was delivered in a tweet. To wit:
My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril.
Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 2, 2022
About this, commentator Andrea Widburg observed, “So that’s what happened: Inflation went from ‘transitory,’ to Big Oil’s and Big Meat’s price-gouging, to corporate consolidation, to Republicans, to Putin-did-it, to Trump’s mean tweets about the Fed. Now it’s the heartless, greedy, gas station owners who … did it.”
And while Beijing no doubt didn’t appreciate Biden’s Putin panning, about his latest claim they were tickled pinko. As Chen Weihua, China Daily EU Bureau Chief and de facto state propagandist, tweeted, “Now US President finally realized that capitalism is all about exploitation. He didn’t believe this before.”
The irony here is that there’s a reason why investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, said many years ago already that “America is more communist than China…”: Aside from the United States’ burgeoning statism, Beijing instituted free-market reforms decades ago and, at that very moment, ceased being “communist.” China’s labeling itself the latter is merely branding, and Westerners echoing it participate in false advertising. The nation is now perhaps best described as a fascist ethno-state.
Before returning to Biden’s gas problems, it warrants mention that Twitter respondents deliciously skewered China’s propagandist like a Shanghai street vendor making niu rou chuan beef.
For example, Jeremy Knauff wrote, “Cool story. Don’t you have some death camps to oversee?”
In this vein, tweeter Kyle Lamb added, “While we discuss exploitation, how many young Uyghur kids working at Nike factories in China have to work 20 hours to pay for your salary?” Ouch.
Speaking of which brings us back to the hurtin’ Biden’s policies are visiting on Americans. For starters, this is only a “time of war” if every time is such, because there’s always a conflict somewhere; as for Ukraine, it’s risky elective surgery (i.e., not our business).
Biden could make a difference, though — that is, if he’d say to the states, “Eliminate your gas taxes. And do it now,” along with suspending the federal levy. Given that California’s petrol tax, for instance, is 85¢ and the feds’ 18.4¢, this would save Golden State residents more than a dollar a gallon. Compared to this, how does Biden’s current appeal measure up?
First note that, despite not even asking states to stop stealing more of the people’s money at the pump, Biden is demanding that small businessmen make gas sales a charitable endeavor. This may play fairly well in Peoria (which is likely why the administration did it), as a survey showed that a whopping 45 percent of drivers believe average fuel retailers make at least $2 profit per gallon. The real figure?
Ten to 15 cents — at most.